1. Designation of Amshir 8/February 15 of each year to commemorate modern-age Coptic martyrs
2. Establishment of a special department in the General Bishopric for Social Services to specialize in caring for the families of martyrs and confessors
3. Recognition of the monastery of St. Victor (Boctor) in Khatatba for monks
4. Reiteration of the previous decision: “It is not allowed for anyone to print, or reprint, or to use any rites books that are used in worship in the Church without the approval of the rites committee of the Synod” (June 10, 1995 Session)
5. It is not allowed to use any recording of Coptic hymns as a source or a reference without the approval of the rites committee of the Synod
6. The Committee of Medical Matters:
a. “The Christian teaching clearly states that any believer is defiled only by sin.
b. Also, the human [body] “is the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19), which does not leave the person except in the case of dying in sin. Thus, the woman is pure and a temple for the Holy Spirit all the days of her life.
c. However, due to the godliness and proper care (readiness) in partaking of the holy Mysteries (Communion), and abiding by the Tradition that has been handed down to us, it is fitting for a man or a woman to abstain from Communion in periods of physical unpreparedness*, except in exceptional cases for pastoral reasons as decided by the priest who is the spiritual-guide for the individual.
d. We also confirm that a woman is not prohibited under any circumstances from performing all other spiritual practices including: personal prayers, the liturgy, reading the bible, service, or being present in church.
e. We also confirm that a new-born child (male or female) can be baptized at any day after the birth if necessary.”
*Physical unpreparedness (i.e. bodily discharge of all kinds: nocturnal emission, menstrual cycle, post-birth bleeding, sexual intercourse)
7. Confirmation on passing a pre-marital church-approved course and obtaining a certificate thereof from one of the approved centers is one of the conditions of establishing an engagement record
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1. The Care & Service Committee:
The Synod committee for the fight against addiction recommended that each diocese appoint a priest or a servant to be responsible for addiction cases, while encouraging those that have medical centers or hospitals to establish a special department for psychiatry. The committee also recommended for dioceses to raise awareness on the dangers of addiction for the different educational levels. The committee has also requested the training of priests and servants of both genders on ways of fighting against addiction.
2. The Committee of Faith, Education and Legislation:
The committee values the efforts of H.H. Pope Tawadros II concerning ecumenical relations, and for signing a common declaration with Pope Francis on Friday, April 28th, 2017, which was then published in the Kiraza magazine, Friday, May 5th, 2017, issue 17 and 18 of year 45, pp 6-7.
A great celebration of ecumenical prayer took place thereafter in St. Peter’s Church (Al-boutrosia) to honor the martyrs of that church this year, in the presence of Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Pope of Alexandria, the Pope of Rome, and the leaders of Christian churches in Egypt. It was a great day for strengthening ecumenical relations.
The committee also confirmed the distinction between join statements released by church leaders and official theological agreements that must be affirmed by holy Synods (leaders) of each church.